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Trivial Pursuit

Remember this Game? It was invented by Canadians in 1979!

Today when I was cycling the River Road, I noticed something on the pavement ahead that looked worth avoiding. As I got closer, I could see it was a small, empty box.

The colour and graphics triggered a long ago memory.  It was a Trivial Pursuit box, one of the two that held the question cards. It’s amazing that such an unremarkable graphic image from so long ago can stick with you. It has been at least 25 years since I’ve actually played.

Trivial Pursuit was a board game invented by two Canadian journalists, Chris Haney and Scott Abbott. There were different categories of questions such as History, Science, Art. The object was to move along the circular track and spokes, correctly answering questions and collecting a wedge for each category. Then you went to the hub and answered a final game winning question. I have to say, I was never very good at science and I don’t remember winning very often!

I can only guess that someone lost badly at Trivial Pursuit today.

As I cycled on up the road, I rolled on over dozens of question cards, scattered all over the road. Further on, there was another empty question box and more cards on the road. Obviously, someone had let the cards fly out their car window before ditching the boxes. Another km and there was the big box it all came in but nothing more, no board or plastic wedges.

What amazed me when I got home and went looking for a picture of the game, is the number of variations that were developed over the years, including an app! I always thought Trivial Pursuit had disappeared into obscurity except as a token Canadian question on Wheel of Fortune.

When I finished my ride, I drove back to get a shot of the cards all over the road, but they were already blown onto the shoulder by the cars driving past.

Made me realize how close I must have been to seeing the cards take flight!



Eight Days A Week

How can you resist a road with that view? River Road at Trent University, where my rides began this week.

I have officially ridden my bike for eight days in a row. That’s a record for me.

Now I’m looking forward to two days off to attend a Conference at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

I’ve learned a lot on the River Road this week. While most people pass me like a vehicle, which is what you’re supposed to do, especially on a marked scenic and bicycle route, Coca Cola trucks do not.

There was a great article on my twitter feed this week about the 19th century health scare that told women to beware of the dangers of Bicycle Face. You can imagine my bicycle face when the truck ran me off the road as I turned into this corner at Lock 23. There wasn’t even on-coming traffic. Grrr.


Lock 23 Trent Severn Waterway

I also learned that I really don’t like being passed by other cyclists. Most of the time, there is nothing I can do about it. Today, a couple passed me going up the bridge to the rowing club just as I was setting out. But once on the road, I had them in my sights and realized I could pass them. So I did. The thing about passing people who have already passed you right at the start of your ride, is that you have no choice but to keep booting it. Now you are in their sights.

I improved my course record by almost half a minute! Up to now, I’ve been excited about a couple of seconds.

The River Road, is the cottage and cycling all rolled into one. The Trent Severn Waterway is in view the whole way from Trent to Lakefield and it is so beautiful. On the other side of the road, there are meadows and farms and a rail trail bike path. People swim and fish and picnic, bird watch and even just sit by the river and read.

For now I keep riding this road because the sight and smell of the water takes me back to summers at the cottage, and fellow cyclists who give me the wave remind me of boat trips with my Dad. I’ve been remembering him a lot this week.

Soon, I will need to tackle some hillier routes.

The Le Tour 14 Challenge

I’ve taken up Map My Ride’s Le Tour 14 Challenge. Not because I’ll appear anywhere near the top of the leaderboard, or have much hope of winning a prize… but you never know!

When I first started using this app to track how far I was going on my various rides, I knew it might be the beginning of a slippery slope. It is far too easy to get sucked into watching the numbers and not enjoying the ride. But the day I got an email saying I had a Personal Record on the River Road North course, I was hooked.

I’m  taking up this Challenge because my hip replacement has given me new life on the bike again. And riding Le Tour 14  is going to get me out on the road most every day. By the time the challenge is over, I’ll be just 3 days short of my six month recovery milestone.

My goal is to ride 10% of the total 3,664 km between the Grand Depart in Yorkshire, England on July 5th and the final sprint on the Champs Élysées in Paris July 27th. So it seems fitting, or perhaps ironic, that my current rank  4,836 is just about 10% of the 44,720 who’ve joined the Challenge.

It would be fun to set up routes to honour the challenges of each stage in some way, but my July schedule imposes different rest days than the Tour Riders, and I’m still not doing many hills, or Côtes, as they are called in the Tour.

I only just noticed that when this photo in The Guardian caught my eye.

We’ve always called the steep hills around Warsaw cols. There’s the Col de Warsaw and Col de Sawmill. Turns out they’re just Côtes. Maybe that will make it seem easier next time!